Archive for the ‘Social Skills’ Category

“Germs” and Hand Washing: A Visual Demonstration for Students with Special Needs!

Even though I shared this concept in last week’s blog, I realized that there were a lot of my followers who didn’t get to see it.  This week, I’m showing everyone what this demonstration of “germs” and handwashing looks like!  The idea of germs on our hands is an abstract concept that is hard for our students with disabilities to understand.  When they can see what we are talking about […]

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Show Your Students in Early Childhood How Much Fun Brushing and Flossing Can Be!

Students learn best by doing, you know that!  They learn better when you don’t Tell, Tell, Tell, but when you Show, Show, Show!! Finding clever ways to teach students important life skills can sometimes be challenging.  I remember leaning about how to teach the importance of hand washing to students with disabilities.  Soooo amazing!    First you get some oil mixed with glitter.  The students cover their hands in the mixture […]

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Are You Looking for a Social Skills Book with Tons of Colorful Visuals?

Have you ever said, I wish there was something “out there” that would visually help my child or student understand how to be more socially appropriate with friends and family members?  I know I have! Students on the autism spectrum do much better if they see what it means to be social. They need visual supports to understand how this mystery of personal interactions works.  Once they can visualize the […]

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An APP to Track Developmental Milestones for Parents and It’s FREE!

Just imagine how much more impact we could have if all of our children or students were identified earlier with developmental delays and interventions started as early as possible!    First time parents of a child with some developmental issues often do not have any typically developing child to compare with their own child’s development.   Parents may not know what to look for or take a ”wait and see” approach before they […]

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Does Too Much Screen Time Have an Effect on Language and Social Development?

You bet it does!!!!  In fact, excessive screen time has more ramifications on not only language and social skills, but many more things as well.  Self-regulation, anxiety, memory issues, and challenges with controlling emotions are just a few of the issues that can result from too much time that children spent on technology. One of our SLPs, sent me an article written by another SLP, Angie Neal that was both […]

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Did You Know That an APP Can Help You Find a Bathroom ASAP?

Yes, there is an app for that!  I don’t know why I was surprised when I saw a segment on the news about apps that could help you find a bathroom, but I was.  Since I have been highlighting toileting ideas for this summer, I thought this information would fit right in with helping families get to where they need to go! Take a look! I really liked that both […]

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The Best Resource for Teaching Sexuality and Personal Relationships to Students with Special Needs!

When you work with students who are at the secondary level in school, you can be sure that you will deal with a whole list of things that are related to the fact that they are maturing and struggling with hormones. Sometimes it’s as simple as teaching students the value of good personal hygiene and sometimes it’s dealing with how to handle a multitude of sexuality issues. Where can school […]

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A Strategy to Help Kids on the Autism Spectrum Answer Questions and Curb Echolalia

A Strategy to Help Kids on the Autism Spectrum Answer Questions and Curb Echolalia

Today’s strategies are going to seem very simple to you, but I’m here to say that they work well and they work quickly!   What am I talking about? I’m talking about using visual supports to relieve stress and anxiety for both the students and the teachers when the teachers ask questions and the students need to respond. Take a look! We still have a few weeks of school left, so […]

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One More Set of DIY Ideas Before the End of the School Year!

You know I love ideas that make it possible for teachers to have materials even if there is little or no budget for that kind of thing. I snagged three more ideas that you could easily make for your classroom that were once again done by our crafty IA, Sherry. Take a look! I would LOVE to hear about your DIY projects/pictures too! Please send them in and I can […]

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A Social Skills App that Allows Students to Play This Famous Game!

Who doesn’t enjoy playing a game? When you can make learning fun and turn something difficult into something that involves scoring points, you just might get your students’ attention. Our SLPA shared this gem at a recent day of Professional Development for our SLP team. If you like the game of Jeopardy, you will enjoy this app! This app can be another tool in your toolbox for social skills activities! […]

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